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  • ID: I82
  • Name: Martha (Mattie) Ann Paul
  • Given Name: Martha (Mattie) Ann
  • Surname: Paul 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  • Name: Aunt Mattie
  • Given Name: Aunt
  • Surname: Mattie
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: May 1854 in Rock Island, IL
  • Death: 1946 in Marshall, Garfield Co., OK 8 9
  • Burial: North Marshall Cemetery, Garfield Co., OK 10
  • _UID: B44DE6F2334E41B1949B8D8C448B09B52181
  • Change Date: 27 Aug 2012 at 15:30
  • Note:
    Mattie met and married her first husband, Thomas Benton SHORT, in Kansas. They had three children. Just prior to 1900 the family moved to Garfield County, Oklahoma. Thomas died in 1907. Mattie re-married 7 years later to W.J. JOHNSTON. He died a few years later while they were living in Sheridian, Arkansas. About a year and a half later Mattie married Thomas Rippy in Sheridian where they lived until his death in 1931. Mattie returned to Oklahoma and lived out the remainder of her life near her daughter and step-daughter.

    CbDIn a letter written in 1936, Martha reminisced about her life during and after the civil war. Her writings provide valuable insight into the hardships encountered by the pioneers during that era. I have included parts of her letter:
    CiDWith Father and Uncle Samuel in the army, Mother and Aunt Sarah went to the mill for grain. They left me to take care of Frank, Sadie, Clara, and Aunt Sarah's three children. Will was a baby and they took him with them. I was 9 years old and the others were from 1 to 7. The miller asked Mother and Aunt Sarah if they had another sack to hold all of their grain. They said to him that after he tolled the grain, the sacks that they had would hold what was left. He said that he never tolled a war widows grist, and he never would. He hunted up another sack and gave them all of the grist. It was after dark when they got home. I had baked some biscuits on the fireplace, and we were all there and alright.

    Harriet (WHITMORE) had 3 children, the oldest a boy 15 years old. With what he could do, we managed a crop. The cows ran out and had to be hunted every night. - C/iD(While living in the one-room cabin in Missouri during the war.) CiD-

    I have often wondered how mother managed. Father's pay was only $13.00 a month while in the army and that went to eat and clothe. We had enough to eat, and something to wear, and stayed home all the time.

    I never was in a store, or went to town the entire time Father was in the army - my job was to stay and take care of the other children. After we moved to the RODKEY farm, my mother took me into Irving. She gave me three dozen eggs and told me to buy calico to make the girls sunbonnets. I got 40 cents a dozen for the eggs and paid 40 cents a yard for the calico. I'll always remember what mother said when I came home. "Well, things are not so bad when you can get a yard of calico for a pound of butter or a dozen eggs."

    I lived in 9 log houses, went to school in 4, and taught a term of school in SHROYER neighborhood in a log cabin. Mother taught school 1 year in Missouri while Father was in the army and paid Harriet WHITMORE one dollar a week to care for the little ones in the day time.

    The school house known as the Fairview was built in 1870. O.A. SEATON taught the first school and lived with us. We had a bed up in the loft of the log cabin where he slept. There was a ladder against the wall for him, and he went up and down that to his room. I remember in the winter time when the blizzards came, his bed would be covered with snow - but it was a part of a pioneer's life. Father built the stone house as it stands now, in 1876.

    In 1860, there was almost no rain. Frank carried out all of the corn that Father raised in one sack.

    In 1867 or 1868, the grasshoppers came the first time. The corn, which was in the roasting ear stage, was ruined. All that was left was the stalk and part of the ear from the middle down. Small bushes were bent down from the weight of the grasshoppers. They came in droves which darkened the sun like a cloud, and for days you could look at the sun and see stragglers flying - and you wondered if there were more coming.

    In the drought of 1868, Father bought wheat and took it to the BARRETT mill on the Vermillion. He had it ground and used the bran and shorts for stock feed. He would put the flour in 100# seamless sacks and sell it to the neighbors for $5.00 per cwt.

    1869 was the flood year. The blue stem grass on the prairies and in the bottom fields was the heaviest ever known. The grass was 6 to 8 feet tall everywhere. There were no settlers on the prairies to speak about at this time.

    I expect you wonder how we got through those hard years of drought. I don't think any one starved, but I know they were hard up. We fared better than some, for Father knew how to burn and make charcoal - there was no stone coal here then. All the hauling from the black-pit was done with ox teams and wagons. 16 miles were about a day's travel. They cut 4 foot wood and stood it on end in a 16 foot circle, leaning the outer sticks in. They put 2 more tiers on top of that making the stack about 12 to 14 feet high. This was covered with a layer of leaves, hay or straw. This was covered with about 6 inches of dirt. Four of Five vent holes were on the bottom. Fire was then put in the center and stopped tight on top. It would take about 10 days for it to get in charcoal. It had to be watched day and night. It was then loaded in the wagon and hauled to Marysville and sold to the blacksmiths by the bushel. A lot of hard work, but ready cash."

    For awhile we did not have shoes at the stores, so a neighbor came and measured our feet and made our shoes.

    One time while we lived in Blue Rapids, Father went with the oxen and wagon to Atchison. He took another oxen and sold him for provisions. As he came back he stopped at old man LANE's. They were out of food, and hungry. Father gave them provisions and they were so hungry they ate too much and got sick. Old man LANE never forgot the help he got from Father.C/iD

    Father: William Paul b: 16 Feb 1830 in Ballymena, Antrim Co, Ireland
    Mother: Elizabeth "Eliza" Adeline Walker b: 26 Jan 1836 in Madison Co., IL

    Marriage 1 Thomas James Rippy b: 17 Apr 1860
    • Married: 5 Oct 1919 in Grant Co., AR 12
    • Change Date: 6 Apr 2012

    Marriage 2 W. J. Johnston b: 8 Aug 1838 in IA
    • Married: 8 Oct 1914 in Logan Co., OK 13
    • Change Date: 2 Aug 2012

    Marriage 3 Thomas Benton Short b: 27 Aug 1847 in IN
    • Married: 1877 in Blue Rapids, KS 14 15
    • Change Date: 26 Apr 2010
    1. Has Children Lena Geraldine Short b: 25 May 1878 in KS
    2. Has Children Arthur Leroy Short b: 13 Feb 1881 in Irving, Marshall Co., KS
    3. Has Children William Thomas Short b: 28 Jan 1884 in KS

    1. Abbrev: 1860 federal census - KS, Marshall Co.
      Title: 1860 federal census - KS, Marshall Co.
    2. Abbrev: 1870 federal census - KS, Marshall Co.
      Title: 1870 Marshall County, KS Census
    3. Abbrev: 1875 state census - KS, Marshall Co.
      Title: 1875 state census - KS, Marshall Co.
    4. Abbrev: 1885 state census - KS, Marshall Co.
      Title: 1885 Blue Rapids Kansas Census
    5. Abbrev: 1895 state census - KS, Marshall Co.
      Title: 1895 - Blue Rapids Kansas Census
    6. Abbrev: 1900 federal census - OK, Garfield Co.
      Title: 1900 Garfield Co., OK census
    7. Abbrev: 1940 federal census - OK, Logan Co.
      Title: 1940 federal census - OK, Logan Co.
    8. Abbrev: Letter - Martha "Mattie" Paul Rippy to J.N. Wanamaker
      Title: Letter - Mattie Rippy to J.N. Wanamaker
      Publication: Approximately 1936
    9. Abbrev: Cemetery - OK, Garfield Co., North Marshall Cemetery
      Title: database, \i\i0
    10. Abbrev: Cemetery - OK, Garfield Co., North Marshall Cemetery
      Title: database, \i\i0
      Text: Death & burial in Marshall, Garfield County, Oklahoma as Martha P. Rippy. CbDNorth Marshall I.O.O.FC/bD. Cemetery is in Reed Township, located 5 miles South and 2 a miles East of Douglas, Oklahoma
    11. Abbrev: Stan Howland
      Title: Stan Howland
    12. Abbrev: Marriage - AR, Arkansas Co. Marriages 1837-1957
      Title: Marriage - AR, Arkansas Co. Marriages 1837-1957
    13. Abbrev: Marriage Certificate
      Title: Marriage Certificate
    14. Abbrev: Newspaper - Blue Rapids Times
      Title: Blue Rapids Times
    15. Abbrev: Marriage - U.S. & Intn'l Marriage Records 1560-1900
      Title: Marriage - U.S. & Intn'l Marriage Records 1560-1900
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